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About long-range planning
MARC, as the Kansas City region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, is required to develop and maintain the region’s long-range transportation plan. The plan identifies and guides the region’s federal transportation investments over a period of several decades and must be updated every five years.
Factors to consider in long-range transportation planning include:
Transportation Outlook 2040
In June 2010, the MARC Board of Directors adopted a new long-range transportation plan — Transportation Outlook 2040 — which will guide $18 billion in multimodal investments in the bistate region over the next three decades.
This important plan outlines a new vision for how transportation investments will relate to land use in the future. MARC established a broad set of policy goals for the plan — ranging from transportation’s impacts on climate change and energy, to place making, to the condition of existing transportation systems. Transportation Outlook 2040 reflects current local government plans and describes a regional land-use strategy that supports activity centers and connected transportation corridors.
Transportation Outlook 2040 was developed through an extensive public outreach process that spanned two years and involved thousands of elected officials, planners, businesses, community organizations and citizens across the region.
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